By Mojola Aturamu
On Monday Jan. 23, 2017, actor Jay Bowdy committed suicide while streaming on Facebook Live. It is uncertain what prompted the 34 year old up-and-coming actor to take his life, some people claim it could be depression.
This is one of his last posts on Instagram;
“This has been a tough year however I’ve accomplished so much in my 1st year here in #Hollywood #LosAngeles. I filmed a International #Film #GoingVertical in #Russia, I co-starred in #MurderBook on #NationalTV, filmed a movie called #Flochness, booked commercials, photo shoots, red carpet premiere of the movie #Prepper, and more. I also built some fantastic relationships. Met and did @iamtwinkiebyrd workshop that helped me realize what’s important, what’s more important, and why the hell I thought some things were even worth importance. Then met my big brother @jaugustrichards who is just as real as it comes. I couldn’t ask for anybody better to help me through my path to manifest greatness as an Actor. Met one of the greatest businessmen in @scott_layne who took me under his wing instantly with @thehollywoodmen. Also made brothers from my time in Russia, signed with the phenomenal Sean, my manager, and awesome Tim, my commercial agent. Last but not least….I became #SAG! Again, it has been a very tough year however I am blessed! I look forward to the things that is next and thank everyone who has followed, liked, and honestly supported me through this journey. I’m all the way in for #2017 #Mind #Body #Soul.”
A friend of Bowdy wrote an open letter expressing how heavy her heart is because of his death, she feels she failed him as a friend and wished she could have been there for him in his time of need.
The Facebook live video was on his page for over 8 hours, people kept sharing the video until it was reported to Facebook and later taken down.
Bowdy had his first child at 18 and got married to his wife when he was 25. He had 2 kids from a previous relationship, and 4 children with his wife. He is survived by his wife, his 3 sons and 3 daughters. He was also the first to earn a college degree on his father’s side.
Below are some of the messages on his facebook page and some from his friends on twitter.